Geraghty has the transcript but the clip is short enough that it’s worth watching. The McCain camp and the RNC are pushing this incredibly hard today but I’m not sure why. Yes, it’s true that Obama never qualified his statement at the debate last year by saying he’d demand “preparations” before meeting personally with the enemy, as he suggests here. But (a) we already know he’s willing to lie about this, (b) the public doesn’t seem to care, and (c) considering that Team Bush recently dropped its own preconditions on meeting with Iran, is this really an issue Maverick wants to force? It’s like the “time horizon”/timetable trap all over again.
Keep your eye on the wires, though, because I’m mighty curious to see if the Israeli press can squeeze an answer out of Obama on a related subject. Where’s the red line on negotiations? Is there one?